Tips on How to Shop for the Best Quality Bedding

Tips on How to Shop for the Best Quality Bedding

Luxury bedding is a true indulgence that we all deserve; especially since we spend almost a third of lives in bed! From high quality sheets and plush blankets, to comfortable pillows and uber soft duvets – cozy and comfortable bedding is truly the thing dreams are made of.
Quality bedding ensembles typically include all of the pieces for a perfectly made bed:

down and down alt bed pillowsMandalay linen cuff percale sheetsDuo striped blue duvet coverAngelina neutral colored pillow shamsJuliet light barely blue matelasse coverlet
Different types of bedding are available to suit most style preferences as well as fabric choice, and there is truly a luscious material, gorgeous pattern, or classic design that will help you create the bed and bedroom space you have been dreaming of.

How to Shop for Bedding:

Buying Bed Sheets for Your Home

Sheet fabric is an important feature when choosing sheets for your bed. From super-soft cotton sateen to crisp linen, the material your sheets are made from is so important.

In addition, the focus used to be on thread-count when talking about quality sheets. Today, however, some deceptive manufacturers use the term “ply” to artificially inflate the thread count of their sheets.  Ply refers to the number of threads that are wound together in a single thread. Since most high-quality bed sheets are made with single ply, it is more important to look for higher thread count numbers in a single ply for the best quality.

If you are not sure exactly which set of sheets will work best for your home, you can see the different qualities, benefits, and even the shortcomings of several different sheet styles in this helpful bedding guide.  

How to Choose the Best Material for Bedding

High quality luxury bedding is available in a variety of fabrics for your sleeping pleasure. The fabric you choose for your bedroom is a personal preference and really just depends on exactly what you are looking for to set the theme or mood in your home. Here are some tips from the Luxury Bedding Experts at Peacock Alley to show you how to shop for upscale bedding, including the types of bedding, quality bedding, and how to buy bedding that will work best for you.

What is the Best Material for Bedding?

Soft, luxurious sheets really do create the environment for perfect night’s sleep. Since everyone has their own opinion as to the best material for bedding and sheets, it really is just a matter of personal preference as to which ones feel the best and offer the most comfortable sleeping situation for you. Here are some of the best materials for bedding, and some of the benefits.

Best Material for Sheets and Bedding

  • Certified Pima Cotton – Sheets and bedding made from certified 100% long-staple Pima Cotton are the perfect choice for year around comfort. Pima cotton sheets are softer, finer and more durable than most sheets, and are considered to be some of the most comfortable sheets available.  
  • Cotton Percale – For a crisp and cool feel, cotton percale sheets are an excellent choice. The plain weave of the fabric gives these popular sheets a matte finish that is a favorite of those who like the feel of a closely woven fabric and are great for warmer weather.
  • Linen - Linen fabric is created with microscopic breaks throughout the material, which makes it very breathable. This means luxury linen sheets will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. A real perk of linen sheets is that the more they are washed, the softer they become, making them long-lasting and durable.
  • Cotton Sateen – These smooth, thick, and luxurious sheets and duvets get their beautiful sheen due to the special satin weave. Cotton sateen sheets are silky soft to the touch and give an elegant feel to your bedroom décor.
  • Cotton-Poly Blends – While certainly affordable, the fabric of the cotton-poly blend sheets and bedding are a tad scratchy and can also be a bit hot. They are super easy to care for though, and wash and dry wrinkle-free.
  • Flannel – These novelty sheets and bedwear are amazing for chilly winter nights in season, as they are soft and warm. The flannel material can be a bit toasty in warmer months, though, and it does tend to pill no matter how well you care for them.

Choosing the Perfect Duvet for Your Bed

Luxury duvets are an important part of your upscale bedding ensemble and add an extra layer of comfort to your bed. If you are not familiar, a duvet is similar to a comforter with the main difference being a cover. The duvet is inserted inside of a duvet cover, which can be changed regularly to clean, try a different type of fabric, or to spruce up your bedroom design with a bold statement.

Luxury duvet options include down duvets, down alternative duvets, microfiber duvets, and more. Many of the high-quality duvets are available in white and can be decorated with a variety of amazing duvet covers. From a solid pastel color to match your décor to a fun and funky pattern to add a bit of spice to your space, a high-quality duvet with a luxury duvet cover that can be changed to fit your mood, the weather, or a new trend is a great choice for your elegant bedroom.

New Bed Pillows

How Do I Buy Them and When Do I Need to Replace Them?

Traditional bed pillows come in two sizes: standard and king. They are also available in a variety of different materials that all have unique qualities. Down pillows are very fluffy and luxurious bed pillows. Down alternative pillows are also a great choice, especially for those with allergies. They feel are super soft and work well for most bedrooms. Memory foam pillows are another popular pillow that offers a thicker and firmer feel with tons of support, and there are even hybrid pillows that are filled with a blend of shredded memory foam and microfiber clusters, giving it a plush and supportive feel for great comfort. To protect your new pillows, it is always a good idea to use pillow protectors so that your luxury bed pillows won’t get damaged or soiled. This will help extend the life of your pillows and also help keep them fresher.

  • Replacing Bed Pillows - Do you know when it is time to replace the pillows on your bed? Here’s a quick test to determine if you need to start shopping for pillows soon: Simply fold the pillow in half and place a book on top of it. If it is a good pillow, it will quickly spring back into shape. If it is time to replace, the pillow will stay folded in half. It is also to be noted that memory foam pillows should be replaced when they start to crumble or no longer have their original shape.

What is a Coverlet?

Coverlets, also referred to as a blanket cover or matelassé, can range from being simply decorative to absolutely useful. These single-sided blankets are lightweight and are typically made from quilted or woven fabric. These underestimated bedding staples have many uses and are a good choice when you want to spruce up your bedroom. The coverlet can be used like a blanket between your sheets and favorite duvet cover. They can also be used instead of your comforter or duvet in warmer months. Luxury coverlets are also a great way to decorate your bedroom and give a pop of color or texture when needed. Simply fold the coverlet underneath your favorite duvet or drape it over the foot of your bed for an upscale, layered look that will make your space more inviting.

Choose Peacock Alley When Buying Fine, Luxury Bedding for Your Home

When it’s time to purchase new quality bedding for your home, Peacock Alley is the place to go for luxury linens and bedding accessories. From plush down pillows and luxurious bed sheets to decorative coverlets and complete bedding sets, Peacock Alley has luxury linens to fit your style and bedding preference!